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->'''Announcer:''' Will Clark Kent find happiness with a new love? Stay tuned for chapter six -- ''Clark Kent Finds Happiness!''\\
'''Cinema Snob:''' Whoa, spoiler alert, movie!
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''' on the MadeForTVMovie version of the ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' musical
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Work and episode titles that give away what happens in the episode.

This trope only applies if the title really is a spoiler. An important event — like a [[TonightSomeoneDies character's death]] — could be revealed by the title (and even take place near the show's end) but not have been meant as a surprise, so the title's not an example of this trope. See ForegoneConclusion or OhAndXDies for those. Quick litmus test: if the work was a paperback novel, the back would ask a question. Would the title answer it? OhAndXDies builds up tension whether we have a LyingCreator or TeasingCreator or not. If the creator is NOT lying or teasing, it's this trope.

If the title is shown in the opening of the episode, may be a SpoilerOpening. If the title is shown on the DVD cover for Season 2 and it's a casual giveaway of the shocking twist at the end of Season 1, you're looking at a LateArrivalSpoiler. Many examples of an ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName may also be this. If the title says ''everything'' important about what happens and how, then it is also ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, but just revealing that someone dies or is introduced usually isn't enough. If it spoils the existence of something, rather than a plot point, then it's TheNamesake. Some works hide the spoiler by [[CloseOnTitle closing on title]] instead of opening with it. Chapter titles in the "InWhichATropeIsDescribed" style often can end up as these.

Note that this can apply to episode titles that are never displayed on-screen during the episode, as it can be difficult to avoid seeing them in TV guides and on DVD packaging. Although possibly some creators figure that if the episode's been aired at least once, the audience should already be aware of it.

Contrast NeverTrustATitle and NonIndicativeName.

'''''Note:''''' This is a SpoileredRotten trope, that means that '''EVERY SINGLE EXAMPLE''' on this list is a spoiler by default and most of them will be unmarked. [[YouHaveBeenWarned This is your last warning]], only proceed if you really believe you can handle this list.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato'' and its dub ''Star Blazers'' are horrible about this. The Japanese titles are full-blown ExcitedTitleTwoPartEpisodeName with spoiler included. ''Star Blazers'' originally had no titles, but fans created unofficial ones that can be found on fansites. These are also spoilers.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' has a reputation to be this.
** The Saiyan saga, specifically during the battle with Vegeta and Nappa, has "[[spoiler:Yamcha Dies! The Terror of the Saibaimen]]", "[[spoiler:Farewell, Ten-san! Chaozu's Suicidal Strategy]]", "[[spoiler:Tenshinhan Cries Out! This Is My Final Kikoho]]" and "[[spoiler:Ferocity of the Saiyans! Kami-sama and Piccolo Both Die]]". Come on, let's root for the good guys to win!
** One episode has "[[spoiler:Such Regret…!! The Proud Saiyan, Vegeta Dies]]". ''Hello'', we still have to ''watch'' the episode! Do you ''mind''?!
** Even worse, "[[spoiler:The Death of Dende… Come Forth! Intense, Full-Force Power]]".
** "[[spoiler:Freeza Defeated!! A Single Blast Packed With a Totality of Rage]]" is an infamous but downplayed example, as it was pretty clear who was [[CurbStompBattle winning the fight at the end of the episode.]] [[spoiler: Still, way to spoil how screwed the BigBad was, and when he would lose.]]
** How about "[[spoiler:Planet Namek’s Great Explosion!! Goku Disappears into Space]]". Not a Spoiler Title much, but the next episode title? "[[spoiler:Son Goku Survived! The Z Warriors Are All Resurrected!!]]" ''Thanks'' for that, guys.
** And the dub title"[[spoiler:Pay to Win]]", to a lesser extent.[[note]]The episode where 18 and Mr. Satan are the two finalists in the Tenkaichi Budokai, which ends with [[spoiler:her taking a dive for a bribe equal to double the actual prize money]].[[/note]]
** Can Videl win? Find out next time in ''Dragon Ball Z'': "A Tragic Videl!! Are You Coming Out, Angry Super Gohan?"!
** For movie titles, the Japanese title of ''The Return of Cooler'' was "Clash!! 10,000,000,000 Powerful Warriors", spoiling that Coola [[MesACrowd made a bunch of copies of himself]]; something we don't even find out until near the end of the film.
** Another big offender is the dub title of the 8th movie, ''Broly: The Legendary Super Saiyan''. Broli's power is supposed to be a big twist: half of the movie makes him look like a weakling who barely even speaks, but instead everyone's just waiting for the heroes to figure it out.
** ''[[spoiler:Goku Dies! There’s Only One Chance Left]]'' was one of the first episodes, even -- which probably let some savvy Japanese fans guess [[SpoiledByTheFormat that the "twist" would be undone later on]]. Western dubs mostly kept it under wraps, although for example the French (and its many European derivatives) titled the episode ''[[spoiler:Goku Sacrifices His Life]]''.
** The original DragonBall had an episode called "Goku’s Opponent is… Goku?!", in which Goku fights a masked fighter exactly his height with his exact skill. We wonder who it could be??
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' did this with impunity. ''[[Anime/PrettySammy Magical Project S]]'' followed the model as well, although whether it was just another detail to parody the genre or an executive-mandated detail is hard to tell.
** The various ''Sailor Moon'' dubs sometimes replaced the original Japanese titles with something that wasn't so spoilerific. For example, Episode 10, which introduced Sailor Mars, was called "Cursed Buses! Fire Senshi Mars Appears" in the original and the VIZ dub, but "An Uncharmed Life" in the Creator/DiC English dub and "The Temple of Lovers" in both German and Dutch. Episode 13, translated by ADV as "Girl Power! The End of Jadeite", became "Fight to the Finish" (episode 10) in the DIC English dub.
** Some other gems from the original Japanese are Episode 24 [[spoiler: "Naru's Cry! Nephrite Dies for Love"]], 33 [[spoiler:"The Last Sailor Senshi! Sailor Venus Appears"]], and most JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly, 45 [[spoiler: "The Sailor Senshi Die! The Tragic Final Battle"]]. The English dub changed these to "A Friend in Wolf's Clothing," "Sailor V Makes the Scene," and "Day of Destiny"[[note]]which was episodes 45 and 46 chopped up with a meat cleaver with the remnants sewn together[[/note]]. They got better with this in the later seasons, although titles like [[spoiler:"When the Galaxy Perishes! The Sailor Senshi's Final Battle"]] and [[spoiler:"Disappearing Stars! The End of Uranus and Neptune"]] are still pretty obvious.
* ''Manga/GetBackers'' had it in the [[spoiler:second]] Infinite-castle visit. It was a [[spoiler:TonightSomeoneDies]] title.
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' had that one episode with the title "[[spoiler:The Kind-Hearted Hero, Leomon Dies]]"
** One episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' was titled "Sayonara, Ken-chan". What made it such a spoiler, though, was that the words on the screen were in a [[spoiler:Wormmon]]-shaped silhouette.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' was really bad about this. For example, both [[spoiler:Deckerdramon and Beelzebumon]]'s deaths were spoiled in episode titles--then ''further'' spoiled through the story narration lines in the corner, which showed up at the beginning and middle of the episodes. [[spoiler:(The one at the beginning in episode 48 said, "Goodbye, Beelzebumon!")]]
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' is pretty bad about this. Especially since at the end of each chap the title of the next chap is shown.
** Chapter 244: "Thunder Crashes" reveals that [[spoiler:Laxus, who'd previously been expelled from the guild and had no reason to be on Sirius Island, pulls a BigDamnHeroes moment against Hades]].
** Chapter 492: "Elder Sister and Younger Sister" spoils [[spoiler:the Agria sisters reuniting]].
** Chapter 493: "The White [[spoiler:Dragneel]]" reveals that [[spoiler:there's another Dragneel besides Natsu and Zeref]].
* Averted by ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. The title of Episode 8, "[[spoiler:Later, Buddy]]", is not displayed until the end, although it would admittedly be hard to get the spoiler that [[spoiler:Kamina dies]] from this one line.
** This is repeated in Super Robot Wars Z2, where the same title is only displayed at the end of the stage. [[TearJerker Voiced.]]
** Another example is episode 25: "I accept your dying wish!", which Simon says after [[spoiler:Kittan]] dies.
*** That was actually a brilliant BaitAndSwitch maneuver; in the previous episode, [[spoiler: six of the minor characters]] died, so you'd be thinking Simon was talking about [[spoiler: them]] when he said that.
* ''Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes'': The whole of episode 82 is spent watching one man's life in the balance but in the end [[spoiler:The Magician Did Not Return]].
* An episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was titled "[[spoiler:Gaara]] Dies!" ''Gee, thanks.'' [[spoiler:At least he comes back to life.]]
** Chapter 437's title is "Confessions," which doesn't sound like much of a spoiler until you see [[spoiler:Hinata]] on the cover.
** Chapter 473 is called "[[spoiler:Brother]]". Again, doesn't sound like a spoiler until you know the context of the previous chapter in which [[spoiler:Killer Bee is presumably about to be killed by Kisame]]. Anyone who had been paying attention would know [[spoiler:Killer Bee not only has a brother but his brother is none other than the ''Raikage'', who was last seen looking for him, and thus would be a great deal of help to Killer Bee]].
** Chapter 480 is titled "[[spoiler:Sacrifice]]" which makes [[ShootTheHostage what happens]] at the end obvious several pages before then.
** Chapter 599 is called "[[spoiler:Obito Uchiha]]", that, again, is a very big spoiler if you know the context.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has quite a few spoiler titles.
** Episode 32 was titled "Usopp's Death?! Luffy - Yet To Land?" Later subverted when it's revealed that Nami faked his death.
** Episode 290 was titled "Uncontrollable! Chopper's Forbidden Rumble!"; in it Chopper first uses Monster Point.
** Episode 377 was titled "My Crewmate's Pain is My Pain, [[spoiler:Zoro]] Fights Prepared to Die!", and in it, [[spoiler:Zoro agreed to take in all of Luffy's pain to convince Kuma to leave]], which was thought to be fatal.
** Episode 405 was titled "[[spoiler:Disappearing Crewmates! The Final Day of the Straw Hat Crew]]!". The title spoils the ''entire episode''.
** Chapter 512 is titled [[spoiler:Zoro vanished!]] ruining the ending.
** Chapter 565 is titled [[spoiler: Oars' Road]]. The previous chapter saw [[spoiler: Akainu begin to melt all the ice the opposition were standing on]] causing readers to wonder how the pirates would end up ok. The title of this chapter told us.
** Chapter 574 is titled [[spoiler: Portgas D. Ace is Dead]]. Can't really get more spoileriffic than that.
*** Making it worse is that said chapter title is also the title for the ''entire volume.'' It's also the first chapter of it, which won't spoil anything the title didn't if you're reading them in a row, but if you look at any list or catalog that includes these names before you're up to that one...
** Played with in Chapter 429: Complete Defeat. Things are looking bleak for the Straw Hats, when suddenly, they come upon a HopeSpot. Then the Marines thoroughly beat them anyways, right? [[spoiler:Actually, it's their victory. The title was taken from a line near the end of the chapter, spoken by a marine: "This is our complete defeat."]]
** One of the TV Specials has a spoiler right in its full title: ''3D2Y: Overcome'' '''''[[spoiler:Ace's Death!]]''''' ''Luffy's Vow to His Friends!''
** The title [[spoiler: The 500 Million Berry Man! The Target is Usoland!]] completely spoils the episode's most funny moment.
* The title of the 25th episode of ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' "[[spoiler:The Host Club Declares Dissolution]]!" spoils half of the plot twist revealed ''in the last ten seconds of the episode''.
* Twenty dollars on the outcome of "[[spoiler:Tooya Dies]]" in ''Manga/CeresCelestialLegend''. [[spoiler:Sort of.]]
* Played with in ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' Episode 6: "Koji Kabuto Dies in Magma!". [[spoiler:Although he does in fact get dunked into Mt. Fuji, he does survive in the next episode.]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'''s episode titles tend to be pretty explanatory in general, but the only real spoiler has to be "[[spoiler:Firo and the Three Gandor Brothers]] Are Felled by Assassins' Bullets". In the show's defense, however, that also [[AnachronicOrder happens in the first episode]]. Of course, [[spoiler: "felled" doesn't always mean "killed"]].
* ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' had an episode titled "[[spoiler:Ultra Magnus Dies!!]]"
* ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', Episode 47: "[[spoiler:Basara Dies]]"
* Here are the Japanese titles for a pair of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' episodes that air in May 2010. If the second title was revealed in the first's OnTheNext, it wouldn't be this trope. However, they were revealed [[http://www.serebii.net/archive/April-2010.shtml at the same time]], so...:
-->Ep. 464 Semi-Final! Who is Heading to the Final[[note]]in the Sinnoh Grand Festival[[/note]]?
-->Ep. 465 Final! Hikari/Dawn vs. Nozomi/Zoey! [[note]]At least they have the decency to not tell us who wins.[[/note]]
** Done once again with the Club Battle arc, which reveals that the two finalists are Ash and Iris.
** And again with the Donamite/Clubsplosion arc, with ''all four episodes'' revealed at once, spoiling all the matchups and their outcomes:
-->Ep. 731 The Unveiling Donamite! Scraggy VS Simisage!!
-->Ep. 732 Quick Succession Donamite! Druddigon VS Bisharp!!
-->Ep. 733 Fierce Fighting Donamite! Bisharp VS Emboar!![[note]]so we know Bisharp got through the last round and Druddigon must have lost[[/note]]
-->Ep. 734 Decisive Battle Donamite! Throh vs Sawk!![[note]]only one of those Pokemon is owned by any of the rivals, so it's safe to say the others all lose.[[/note]]
** Let's just say that the Japanese titles for the tournament arcs all have spoilers in the titles. The Junior Cup reveals Iris going to the semifinals, and the Vertress Conference reveals that Ash [[spoiler: defeats Trip in the preliminaries, Cameron defeats Bianca, Ash defeats Stephan,]] and that Cameron's Riolu evolves, even though the last example happens in the episode before.
** And releases are usually "Goodbye X!" If it's not definite, it's usually "Goodbye X?!"
** The English dub is also not immune. The third episode, titled "Ash Catches a Pokemon!" is a primary example. Another egregious one is "Evolution By Fire!", where Tepig's evolution into Pignite is already leaked, even though it happens near the end of the episode.
** Another really bad example was the English title "Tie One On!", which is centered on a League match that ends in a tie. Even worse in the Latin American dub. Since the pun was untranslatable, they simply translated the title as "Un empate!" ("A tie!"). To make matters ''even'' worse, unlike "tie", the word "empate" ''doesn't'' have multiple possible meanings.
* [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa The Kirby anime]] often does this with its Japanese titles. The dramatic reveal that [[spoiler:Knuckle Joe isn't actually working for Nightmare as a salesman, but merely pretending to so he can gain access to one of Nightmare's most dangerous creations and kill it]] would probably have worked better if the episode hadn't been titled "[[spoiler:Majuu Hunter Knuckle Joe]]".
** Downplayed in the case of an early episode, which has Fumu receiving a love letter written on a seashell, apparently written by someone named Kine. She wonders who Kine is. A title card saying "[[InterspeciesRomance The Fish Who Loved Me]]" immediately pops up. Kine is not revealed to be a talking fish until two and a half minutes later, although if the audience were aware that he also appears some of the games they'd be less than surprised.
* The ''Manga/SoulEater'' anime averts this in the same way ''Gurren Lagann'' did, as the name of the final episode "[[spoiler:The Word is [[HeroicResolve Bravery]]]]" isn't revealed until just before the credits. But played straight with [[spoiler:Medusa's Revival]].
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'''s fifth chapter is called [[spoiler:''End of the Golden Witch'']]. Just as bad (but only if you happen to know the definition of the term) is the seventh chapter's [[spoiler:''Requiem of the Golden Witch'']].
* To some extent, ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' did this with 2 episodes and averted it with a third: Namely "Acperience 2", "Acperience 3" and "Acperience 4", though the latter is averted in the same way as ''Gurren Lagann''s two aversions. The first two just tells the viewer what is in store for them.
* In the last episode of the ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' ''OVA'' Bubblegum Crash, until very late in the episode, the true plan of the Boomer antagonists is unknown but the Title of the Episode actually spoils a rather huge part of this plan.
* In the middle of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' we are treated to a HopeSpot arc, with everything hinting towards a happy ending. The title of the arc? [[spoiler: Minagoroshi-hen, "the Massacre Chapter" or, if translated word-for-word, "the [[KillEmAll Kill-Everyone]] Chapter"]].
* Manga/{{Bakuman}} manages to avert this, with its TheNounAndTheNoun titles, which often only become clear when the chapter is read. For example, the chapter in which it is determined whether "Detective Trap" will be canceled, ([[spoiler:and it is canceled]]) is titled "18 and 40", and refers to [[spoiler:Mashiro realizing that his hope of getting an anime by age 18 will never come true, and after sending an e-mail to Azuki about the cancelation on the last page, she jokingly replies that she wants to get married before 40]].
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' series occasionally have episode titles that give away major plot points, often referring to character deaths:
** The original ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has some of these, with [[spoiler:"Garma's Fate"]] being a particularly bad one, along with [[spoiler: Big Zam's Last Stand]]. These become hilarious when the narrator asks "[[OnTheNextEpisodeOfCatchphrase Who will survive?]]" after revealing the title.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'' is generally good at not choosing spoilerific titles, with a few exceptions like [[spoiler: Amuro Flies Again]] and [[spoiler: Goodbye, Rosammy]], and then the penultimate episode is the rather on-the-nose [[spoiler: [[KillEmAll Casualties of War]]]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'' has [[spoiler: [[ColonyDrop Falling Sky]]]], [[spoiler: Rasara's Life]], and [[spoiler: Emary's Glory]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' episode, oh excuse, phase 36, is called [[spoiler: "Athrun escapes"]]. The trailer in phase 35 really looked like "sorry for the spoiler. Here is [[{{Fanservice}} Meyrin in underwear]] as an apology."
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' [[spoiler: "Bloodstained Euphie"]] is a middle example. It spoils that something's going to go horribly wrong, but it's still quite surprising that [[spoiler: Princess Euphemia is the one who does the killing]].
* Depending on if you've seen [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight the original series]] or not, ''LightNovel/FateZero'' episode 17's title, [[spoiler: "The Eighth Contract"]], is either this or ForegoneConclusion. Granted, the series shows the titles at the end of the episode, but [[Website/NicoNicoDouga Nico.jp]] displays the episode title right on the viewing page, defeating the purpose.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' episodes: "Koenma of the Spirit Realm! A Trial Towards Resurrection", "Yusuke's Hard Battle! A Bruised and Bloody Counterattack", "Toguro Returns" (at least in the English dub), and "Genkai Falls! Settled After 50 Years!". What are they about?
* Chapter 84 of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is simply titled "The Mysterious Nazi Officer"; however, the 2012 anime adaptation spoils the reveal with two words: [[spoiler:[[WeCanRebuildHim Stroheim's]] Counterattack]], making the constant shadowing of said character's face pointless.
* ''Anime/GodMars'' has several episode titles like [[spoiler: Akira's Girlfriend is a Female Soldier]] and [[spoiler: Marg Dies on Earth]], which sum up the main points quite well.
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] on ''Manga/{{NEEDLESS}}''. Episode 3 is titled [[spoiler: Gedo Dies Gedo Dies]] and Blade is adamant that that happens in the preview. In fact, [[spoiler: Gedo does not die and lives through the series]].
* Episode 5 of ''Anime/PunchLine'' is titled [[spoiler: "Ito Dies"]]. Doesn't matter that much though since [[spoiler: the whole show is a huge [[GroundhogDayLoop Groundhog Day Loop plot]] and said death is obviously immediately undone]].
* Episode 98 of ''VideoGame/PriPara'' is titled "Playing Three Roles at Once is Hard~Nanon", spoiling the fact that [[spoiler: Non herself is all three members of Triangle]].
* Episode 53 of ''Anime/SaintSeiya'' is titled [[spoiler:"That Man! Cassios Dies for Love". During the episode Cassios indeed dies for love]].
* The season 1 finale for ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' was titled "[[spoiler:[[BabiesEverAfter Me, Her, and Another]]]]", though it's a case of CloseOnTitle.
* People who watch ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' on Website/{{Crunchyroll}} should take extra caution during the second season's Sports Festival arc. The episode selector shows multiple episodes ahead of the one you're currently watching, and one episode is titled "Todoroki vs Bakugo", spoiling the fact that Midoriya will lose his fight against Todoroki.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A certain very famous ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'' issue had a totally spoilerish title. Well, the writers figured that out, so they [[CloseOnTitle stuck the title at the end of the issue instead]]. The title was, of course, "ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied".
* Similarly, there's an issue of the (Will Payton) ''ComicBook/{{Starman}}'' comic where the title was placed at the end: "Your Mother Should Know" (your secret identity).
* A popular arc of ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' featured a warped and bizarre Metropolis in which the villainous Superman every night broke out and had to be brought back to jail by the resident superhero, Bizarro. The reason behind this sudden change and the entity responsible? The mystery was tightly kept during the original release, but the fact that the paperback collection was titled ''Comicbook/EmperorJoker'' ruined the big surprise. Of course, the thing is, most fans of the storyline apparently thought it to be the best title for the TPB anyway.
* The end of the ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' album ''[[Recap/TintinDestinationMoon Destination Moon]]'' ends on a CliffHanger as the astronauts have passed out and earth has lost communication with them. As mission control gets increasingly nervous, the {{Narrator}} asks the reader rhetorically (paraphrased): "Will Tintin and his friends survive this dangerous mission to make it to the moon? Find out in ''[[Recap/TintinExplorersOnTheMoon Explorers On The Moon]]''!" Not that any reader really thought they wouldn't make it, of course.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bionicle}} Igniton #11: [[TheHeroDies Death of a Hero]]''. With the cover focusing on [[spoiler:Matoro]] carrying the Mask of Life, an artifact that's known to do bad things to its wearer, and with the previous issue (and tons of other foreshadowing) having confirmed that he will have to wear it, guess what happens to him.
* There's an AlternateContinuity ''Comicbook/ThePunisher'' comic which asks the question "What would happen if the Castle's family had been caught in the middle of a Superhero battle instead of a gangland shooting?" It's called ''Comicbook/ThePunisherKillsTheMarvelUniverse''.
** Marvel has also launched titles called ''ComicBook/DeadpoolKillsTheMarvelUniverse'' and ''Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe''. Eventually they parodied this trend by opening ''What If: Infinity'' with the title ''Rocket Raccoon Kills the Marvel Universe'' (the events in said title do not happen in the book). And later there was a G-rated equivalent with ''ComicBook/TheUnbeatableSquirrelGirl Beats Up The Marvel Universe''.
*** ''Deadpool Kills...'' Also had a sequel series called ''Deadpool kills Deadpool''. As one might guess, this is a subversion of sorts since every single character, other than The Watcher is an alternate universe version of Deadpool. Thus the readers weren't entirely sure if the title meant the Kills the Universe Deadpool would kill the mainstream 616 Deadpool, vice versa, or if the title referred to one of the thousands of other Deadpools killing another one.
* ''ComicBook/BlackMoonChronicles'': Album 14 is named ''The End of Days''. [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Guess what happens?]]
* Until the WhamLine of "[[TheHeroDies I'm dying]]" in the first part, DC advertised ''ComicBook/TheFinalDaysOfSuperman'' as ''Superman: Super League''.

[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
* ''Animation/GogonaDaTovlisGunda'' has an alternate title, ''Me Cvimad Moval'', which roughly translates to "I Will Come Back as the Rain". Near the end of the short, the main character, a snow boy named Snowball, dies by [[ImMelting melting in the sun]], much to the dismay of his new friend, a human girl. At the end of the short, however, Snowball comes back as rain drops.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* ''Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}'' is about a princess who has to guess the name of the mysterious little man who helps her. It's easy for the reader to figure out; [[AntagonistTitle his name is the title]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* ''Fanfic/TwilightsList'' gives us chapter three, "Rainbow Says Yes", and the final chapter prior to the epilogue, "Twilight Says Yes".
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Chapter 94 ("A Redux, the Jedi Shall Have") blatantly gives away the return of the Jedi and Force (which were pseudo-hidden in InsistentTerminology previously, being called "Current Channelers" and "the Current").
* ''FanFic/QuarterLifeHalfwayToDestruction'': CHAPTER TWO: THEY REVOCER TEH ISOTROPE BUT THEY DON'T. The heroes find and confront the bad guy, but the isotope hits "quarter-life" in the middle of their encounter.
* ''Fanfic/ASadStory''. That DownerEnding [[ForegoneConclusion came out of nowhere]], didn't it?
* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''FanFic/SonicGenerationsFriendshipIsTimeless'': Chapter 13 has a ? in place of [[spoiler:Trixie]]'s name in the title, hiding her presence in the chapter.
* ''FanFic/TheLastQueenOfGreenwood''. Caradel marries Thranduil and becomes his queen. It helps that the marriage is not the whole plot.
* ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'' has Chapter 6 titled, "Accident Against Anzio." It doesn't disclose who has the accident ([[spoiler:Miho, when getting shot by a Semovente]]), but it does strongly indicate that this [[WhamEpisode will be no ordinary match]].
** The next chapter is titled "Miho's Heartache," which suggests that something worse than [[spoiler:suffering bruised ribs]] happens to Miho- [[spoiler:her mother disowns her, as she'd hinted at doing earlier]].
* Episode 77 of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' is titled "''[[spoiler:Tails's Work]]''". If you know that the original episode's Japanese title was "''Cosmo's Work''" and that [[spoiler: Cosmo dies]] in that episode...
* Chapter [[FourIsDeath 4]] of ''FanFic/TheEndOfEnds'' shows the planet Tamaran blowing up. The title? “The End of [[RougeAnglesOfSatin Tameran!]]”
* ''FanFic/ReturnToHinamizawa'' Part III, Chapter 15 ends with the last three survivors trying to get to safety. The next chapter is titled "And Then There Were None". Mind you, knowing [[VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry the work it's based on]], this is close to ForegoneConclusion territory.
* Chapter 7 of ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/268471/ponyexe pony.exe]]'' is entitled "[=POSSCapture.exe=]". [[spoiler:This is the name of the application Twilight runs from inside the computer.]]
* ''FanFic/FriendshipIsMagicalGirls'' provides an excellent aversion, featuring a combination of GratuitousJapanese[[note]]the chapter titles are written in kanji[[/note]] and BilingualBonus[[note]]translating the title gives you the spoiler[[/note]]. It also helps that the author is fluent in Japanese.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'': We don't officially get that title until the end of the movie.
* The Chinese title for ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}'' is [[spoiler:"Ghost Mom". The Other Mom is not exactly a ghost, but still]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': Nemo is indeed eventually found. The title doesn't work quite the same for ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' though, as it's more of a [[ArtifactTitle legacy title]] than anything else.
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'' starts off being about a village that battles dragons. One of the inhabitants finds the most fearsome kind of dragon. Guess what the amazing thing he then does.
* ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'': The titular character doesn't get his name until two-thirds of the way through the movie.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' movie ''WesternAnimation/WakkosWish''. Guess who gets to the wishing star first.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]

* Subverted in ''Creator/AbbottAndCostello Meet The Killer, Creator/BorisKarloff''. The great question of the plot is who the mysterious killer in the hotel could possibly be. Could it perhaps be the evil Swami, played by Boris Karloff? Turns out, it's... [[spoiler:'''Not''' Boris Karloff's character at all. Not even close. It's the hotel manager.]]
* ''Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord''. Subverted in that Robert Ford wasn't a coward and Jesse James wasn't the heroic figure, nor was he "assassinated".
* Creator/BrianDePalma's ''Film/BodyDouble'' gives away the fact that the woman the protagonist was peeping on was not the real Gloria, but a porn actress body double.
* The tagline for ''Film/TheBoyWhoCouldFly'' alludes to an amazing secret shared between the main character and the eponymous boy. You have one guess as to what that secret is.
* The sequel to ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is titled ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Seems likely that the [[Comicbook/BuckyBarnes Winter Soldier]] will be showing up and therefore [[spoiler: Bucky didn't die]]. Which is only a spoiler if you know that [[spoiler:Bucky is the Winter Soldier..]]. Subverted in that it was done intentionally to distract from the ''real'' twist that [[spoiler:SHIELD had been [[EvilAllAlong infiltrated by HYDRA since the very beginning]]]].
* The Italian title of ''Film/TheCrazies'' and its remake is [[spoiler: ''La Città Verrà Distrutta All'Alba'' meaning ''The Town Will Be Destroyed At Dawn''.]]
* One of the segments of ''Film/{{Creepshow}}'' is called "The Lonesome Death of [[Creator/StephenKing Jordy]] [[CreatorCameo Verrill]]", just in case you were in danger of getting attached to ol' Jordy.
* Japanese film ''Film/TheCrucifiedLovers''--in the English-language market title. It's set in 18th century Japan where adultery was a capital crime, and at the end the lovers are in fact crucified. Averted with the Japanese title, ''A Story from Chikamatsu'' ("Chikamatsu" being the name of the original playwright).
* Allegedly, one Asian dub of ''Film/TheCryingGame'' had a title that meant ''[[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame Oh No, My Girlfriend Has A Penis!]]''
* ''Film/TheDeadlyMantis'', like 90% of the 1950s AttackOfThe50FootWhatever films, spends the first 20 minutes or so with mysterious disappearances and goings-on in the Arctic. Or rather they would be mysterious if the name of the film didn't give the monster away before it even started. To be fair, the monster is pretty much the big selling point of these kinds of movies. People wouldn't throng to see a movie called "Vague Imminent Threat That May Destroy The World and May Involve Monsters and/or Aliens!"
* Averted with ''Film/DeepRising'', which was originally shopped around Hollywood under the script title [[spoiler: ''Tentacles''. Thanks to the change, the "worms" being appendages of a larger creature was obscured]].
* ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'': In the actual film it is treated as a shocking reveal that Al Pacino's character is the Devil himself. But the title as well as a theatrical poster with some noticeable occult themes gives away the twist well in advance.
* ''Film/EatingRaoul'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with]] this trope. Yes, the film has a character named Raoul who gets eaten, and it's an important plot point, but it's ''not'' the ending.
* The ending to ''Film/EddieAndTheCruisers'' reveals that [[spoiler: Eddie, who was thought to have died, turns out to still be alive; HesJustHiding]]. The title of the much-delayed sequel: ''[[spoiler: Eddie Lives!]]''. Though it's hard to see how there could be a sequel otherwise.
-->'''[[http://www.agonybooth.com/eddie-and-the-cruisers-ii-eddie-lives-1989-part-3-3376 Agony Booth]]:''' Is it even ''possible'' in movies for [[NeverFoundTheBody someone whose body was never found]] to ''actually be dead?''
* ''Film/EndOfWatch'' is named after a police term for when a police officer dies on duty.
* A review for ''Film/TheFlightOfThePhoenix2004'' preemptively apologized for spoilers, then excused it by pointing out "it's called 'Flight of the Phoenix,' not 'They Crashed in the Desert and Died.'"
* ''Film/TheFlyingDeuces'': The movie is called ''The Flying Deuces'', and Creator/LaurelAndHardy are shown in an airplane and in pilot gear, they don't fly anywhere until the madcap chase that forms the climax of the movie.
* ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'': Yes, Freddy Krueger does [[KilledOffForReal die for real]]. It is not however [[SeriesFauxnale the]] ''[[SeriesFauxnale final]]'' [[SeriesFauxnale Nightmare]].
* ''Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday'' ends with Jason going to Hell at the end. Ironically, he's dragged down there by the guy above. Also not the last ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' film.
* ''Film/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' plays the trope the same way as in the book, [[spoiler:which is to say it both inverts and subverts it. He dies at the ''beginning'', but gets better. See Literature]].
* ''Film/JohnnyEnglishReborn''. [[spoiler:He is "reborn" at the end.]]
* ''Film/LoneSurvivor'' starring Creator/MarkWahlberg, telling the story of Operation Red Wings. [[spoiler:There is only a single survivor, three guesses as to whose character it is.]]
* ''Film/TheManWhoShotLibertyValance''. Guess who dies at the end. Subverted in that [[spoiler: the main protagonist (Jimmy Stewart) wasn't the man who shot Liberty Valance]]. To be fair, they only said 'shot', not 'killed'.
* Double-subverted in ''Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl''. The movie title certainly points to a DownerEnding but then along comes [[{{Narrator}} Greg]] reassuring the audience twice that Rachel is going to live. [[UnreliableNarrator But this is not what happens]] ultimately.
* The UK video release of ''Film/TheMightyDucks'' was named ''The Mighty Ducks Are The Champions''. The theatrical release was the less spoiler-heavy ''Champions''.
* Played with on the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' showing of ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' - Tom Servo riffs over the title "Hey, they're giving away the ending!" [[spoiler: But it didn't conquer the world.]]
** Also played with in another ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' movie, ''Film/TheThingThatCouldntDie''. [[spoiler: It dies.]]
* The Swedish title for ''Film/TheNightOfTheHunter'' gives away where the money is hidden: [[spoiler:''Trasdockan'', meaning "ragdoll"]].
* ''Film/PennAndTellerGetKilled''. Well, yeah. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Penn Jilette. Teller informs him that they screwed up a sequel, to Penn's realization and dismay.
* The CompletelyDifferentTitle of the original ''Franchise/PlanetOfTheApes'' in Portugal kinda qualifies: ''O Homem que Veio do Futuro'', "The Man Who Came From the Future". Sure, the only TimeTravel is [[HumanPopsicle forwards]]... [[spoiler:but it in some way qualifies to him returning to what was EarthAllAlong]].
** Similarly, the Portuguese title of ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', ''A Mulher Que Viveu Duas Vezes'' ("The Woman Who Lived Twice") also counts, depending on how you interpret it.
* ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead''; Guess what guys? ThoseTwoGuys [[OhAndXDies get killed!]] Mind you, that's only a, what, ''[[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Four hundred year]]'' old spoiler? This is taken one step further than is immediately obvious. If you accept the reading that the plot occurs in a [[spoiler:time loop or sort of endless metatextual hell]] that the characters exist in means [[spoiler:they're already dead at the start]] in a certain sense.
* The French title of ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' is [[spoiler:''Les Évadés'']], which means [[spoiler:"Those Who Escaped"]] roughly, so not only does it give away the twist that [[spoiler:Andy escapes the prison]] but also that Red [[spoiler:flouted his parole]].
** The Finnish title for the movie is [[spoiler:''Rita Hayworth - avain pakoon'']], which translates to [[spoiler:"Rita Hayworth - The Key to an Escape"]]. So the title doesn't just spoil [[spoiler:Andy escaping]], it also hints at how [[spoiler:he manages to do it]].
* ''Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock''. As Creator/RogerEbert noted, there was no way they ''wouldn't'' find Spock. And as Creator/WilliamShatner said, if they had done so, "people would have thrown rocks at the screen.".
* ''Film/TheySavedHitlersBrain'': This 1969 film was a reworking of a 1950s unfinished film called ''Mad Men of Mandoras''. They actually recycled all of the footage of that movie and spliced it with newly shot footage that looked oddly modern for a movie that was set in the Eisenhower era of the 1950s. In the original film, the fact that [[spoiler: they saved Hitler's brain]] was supposed to be a surprise revealed near the end when the protagonists discover the bad guys hangout. It is hinted earlier in the film that some suspect that Hitler may still be alive but no one knows exactly how.
* ''Literature/TheVirginSuicides'': Subverted by Lux! But we aren't saying how.
* ''Film/YorTheHunterFromTheFuture'''s alleged "twist" is that this primitive world is not the past but a post-apocalyptic future. Now read the title again.


* ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd''. [[spoiler: It's actually a subversion and inversion because John dies in the beginning and becomes Dave's SpiritAdvisor, although Dave eventually helps John's spirit return to his body, bringing him back to life; Dave is actually the protagonist who dies at the end. Or, to be more precise, he dies closer to the middle and only realizes he's dead at the end. Also, Dave's love interest Amy dies at the end, except it turns out that the Amy that Dave saw die was a clone, and the real Amy is at Dave's house, sobbing over Dave's corpse. It's complicated.]]
* The sequel to ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is called Ragnarök. While this seems a logical progression, it's possible to tell who in the novel is based on who in the myth, so anyone who knows the story of Ragnarök in Norse Mythology will know some major spoilers for the novel.
* The title of ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', if you know anything about sixteenth-century history, in particular John Knox's [[spoiler:misogynistic]] Protestant tract ''The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of [[spoiler:Women]]''.
* Possibly the most extreme example of all time is ''The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Literature/MollFlanders, Etc. Who Was Born In Newgate, and During a Life of Continu'd Variety For Threescore Years, Besides Her Childhood, Was Twelve Year a Whore, Five Times a Wife [Whereof Once [[BrotherSisterIncest To Her Own Brother]]], Twelve Year a Thief, Eight Year a Transported Felon In Virginia, At Last Grew Rich, Liv'd Honest, and Died a Penitent. [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Written from her own Memorandums]].''
* ''My Brother Sam is Dead'', a story in which Sam, the narrator's brother, dies.
* ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone'' embodies this trope. The three heroes discover that a magical artifact, whose nature remains unclear, is hidden in the school... Hm, could that be that philosopher's stone mentioned in the title? Invented by that guy Flamel mentioned at the beginning of the book? In France, the character of Nicolas Flamel is better known than in Anglo-Saxon countries, so the title was changed to "Harry Potter at the Wizardry School" to avoid a complete giveaway of the story's plot.
* Apparently, Creator/JRRTolkien disapproved of the title under which the third ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' book was published for this reason, and wanted to call it ''The War of the Ring'' instead of ''The Return of the King''.
* The titles of the last two ''Literature/CodexAlera'' books are ''massive'' spoilers once you figure out the pattern. [[spoiler:Namely, the ranks in the titles all refer to Tavi.]] It's probably for the best that Creator/JimButcher didn't go with [[Trivia/CodexAlera his original name]] for the first book, or it would have been even more obvious.
* A beautiful subversion is the chapter title "The Trapping of Birdy Edwards" in ''[[Literature/SherlockHolmes The Valley of Fear]]''. [[spoiler:The title is accurate... but not in the way you assumed.]]
* Georg Büchner's ''Danton's Tod'' (Danton's Death). As history dictates, Danton gets beheaded in the end.
* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/MobyDick''. One of the chapters is titled "Queequeg in his Coffin", so naturally you assume he dies, especially if you casually see the title in the table of contents. He doesn't. The chapter is literally about him trying on a coffin he intends to be buried in.
* Also {{subverted|Trope}} in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' with a chapter entitled "The Death of Tuon." It's about the Tuon, the Daughter of the Nine Moons, becoming Empress Fortuona.
* Ken Follet's thriller ''The Third Twin'': at the beginning of the novel there are just two twins. But as you read the title, you know that a third one will soon show up. [[spoiler:Actually an aversion as the big twist are the fourth through the twentieth twin.]]
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' does this ''constantly'', and the [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil covers]] and blurbs get in on it, even though in the text the spoiler in question is typically just hinted and nudged at rather than outright spoiled. Pretty much the only one that doesn't spoil anything right there is ''Army of Terror''.
* One ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' book has Elizabeth rejecting a would-be boyfriend who gets his revenge by going around telling Elizabeth's friends about all the embarrassing things Elizabeth "told" him about them. Jessica is sure Elizabeth wouldn't have told these secrets, but how could he have known them otherwise? It might have been quite the mystery, had the book not been titled [[spoiler: ''The Stolen Diary'']].
** Another book had Lila trying to get her divorced parents back together. Its title: [[spoiler: ''The Wedding'']].
* In ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' book where Stacey's parents divorced, most of the plot centered around her choosing whether to stay in New York City with her father or move back to Stoneybrook with her mother. The book was called ''Welcome Back, Stacey''.
** In another book, Jessi is asked to participate in a synchronized swimming competition. The title of the book is ''Jessi's Gold Medal''.
* Louisa May Alcott's ''A Long Fatal Love Chase.'' Bet you can't guess the plot of that one.
* Creator/BrianAldiss's first ScienceFiction novel was published in the UK under his title, ''Non-stop''. Unfortunately his US publisher didn't think this was exciting enough, so they renamed it ''[[spoiler:Starship]]''. This is a spoiler because [[spoiler:until the big reveal, the viewpoint characters have]] ''[[spoiler:no idea]]'' [[spoiler:that they're living in a starship]].
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has several. In part this is due to the fact that once a character ascends to a high rank, their name gets changed, so when books are titled after characters, this leads to spoilers.
** [[spoiler:''Fire]]star's Quest'' spoils the fact that that character becomes leader, ditto for [[spoiler:''Misty]]star's Omen'' and [[spoiler:''Bramble]]star's Storm''.
** [[spoiler:''[=SkyClan's=] Destiny]]'', a direct sequel to the first Super Edition, spoils the existence of [[spoiler:[=SkyClan=], the lost Clan Firestar sets out to rebuild in the previous book]]. The same thing is spoiled by the manga series [[spoiler:''[=SkyClan=] and the Stranger'']]
** The manga series [[spoiler:''Tigerstar and Sasha]]'' spoils both that a certain cat from the original series becomes a leader, and who they have kits with. The former is a twist in the first series, and the latter is a twist in the second.
* The ''Literature/SpaceMarineBattles'' novel ''Fall of Damnos'' gives away the fact that the Ultramarines will not succeed in their defense of eponymous planet right in its title.
* In a 1901 novella by E. M. Forster, all humans left on Earth live in a worldwide underground complex, completely dependent on a great automatic mechanism that provides for all their needs. The story is called "Literature/TheMachineStops". Guess what…
* The early chapters of ''Literature/TheInvisibleMan'' don't actually reveal the mysterious bandaged stranger's condition until his self-inflicted DramaticUnmask, but the reader is only surprised if they've forgotten which book they're reading.
* "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor" by Gabriel Garcia Márquez is actually titled "The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor: [[spoiler:Who Drifted on a Liferaft for Ten Days Without Food or Water, Was Proclaimed a National Hero, Kissed by Beauty Queens, Made Rich Through Publicity, and Then Spurned by the Government and Forgotten for All Time]]". Enough said.
* The third book of ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' has a seemingly spoilery chapter title, so if you read the table of contents before reading, you might be a little dismayed by the chapter title [[spoiler:Lyra and her Death]]. Turns out it's just [[spoiler:that Lyra meets a "personification of her eventual death," which every living being has.]]
* Ayn Rand thought her original working title for ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'', ''The Strike'', was this, so she ended up using ''Atlas Shrugged'' instead. [[spoiler:The title is about the people who run stuff like the banks, railroad companies, etc., all going on strike.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': New Testament Volume 10 is a BossRush in novel form, with each chapter representing a particular fight. The titles of the chapters hint at the enemies being fought, with some being more obvious than others. “The One who Bears White and Black Wings and Opposes the World” doesn't just reveal that [[spoiler:Accelerator is the enemy, but also that he's actually sided with Touma and Othinus (thus opposing the rest of the world)]]. The final chapter subverts this, having only question marks in place of the hint.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Episodes two and three of ''Series/AngieTribeca'' are named "The Wedding Planner Did It" and "The Famous Ventriloquist Did It". [[CaptainObvious No bonus points for guessing who did it.]]
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' did this subtly with the episode "Justice Is Blind". Michael is dating a blind prosecutor in charge of his father's case. It's later revealed [[spoiler: that she's [[ObfuscatingDisability only faking blindness]], but her seeing-eye dog Justice actually is blind]].
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' had [[spoiler: "Ozymandias" in the final season. There was also a promo with Bryan Cranston reading the poem before the final season hit. Anyone wondering "where does everything REALLY get bad for Walter White" can make a pretty good guess]].
* The German episode titles of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' tend to give away the entire episode's plot and/or ending. Some of the most egregious examples: "Gingerbread" is renamed "Hansel and Gretel"; "The Body" becomes "Death of a mother"; "Seeing Red" is "Warren's revenge".
** To be fair, [[spoiler: Joyce (the aforementioned "mother") had died at the end of the previous episode, "I Was Made to Love You"]], so the title "Death of a mother" doesn't really spoil anything, unless you knew it in advance of seeing the previous episode.
*** Not really. In the episode before all we see is Buffy coming into find [[spoiler: Joyce]] lying on the couch. She calls out for her, but then we cut to black. Both "The Body" and "Death of a Mother" pretty much spoil the fact that the person who's unconscious is really dead. It was pretty heavily foreshadowed, but still not certain until a ways into the next episode.
* In ''Series/{{Castle}}'', "Hell Hath No Fury": [[spoiler:the "woman scorned" is obviously the dead man's wife]], and the ending comes as no surprise.
* If you don't speak Korean and are interested in watching ''Series/DaeJangGeum'', don't look up what "dae" means. Also, don't go to Wikipedia and find out who Jang Geum was. Also, don't read any descriptions of the series. The real historical event that happens at the end is an incredible plot twist. At least it would be, if the title didn't tell you what was going to happen so that you more or less spend the 50+ episodes of the series just waiting for it, ruining all the tension and drama that leads up to it.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** This is a famous problem, particularly for Dalek or Cyberman episodes, in both the old and new series. It was a running gag amongst fans of the old series that a serial would be called "[[TheXOfY Noun of the Daleks]]", and the Episode One CliffHanger would be... a Dalek!:
** Averted in early Dalek serials -- [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks "The Daleks"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]], and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E4TheDaleksMasterPlan "The Daleks' Master Plan"]] -- as all of these serial names are names applied retrospectively to the stories and at the time the convention was to title each episode individually. Thus, you don't expect Daleks at the Episode 1 cliffhanger while watching "The Dead Planet", "World's End" or "The Nightmare Begins". You're stuffed [[LateArrivalSpoiler if you're watching them on DVD or video or online, though]], which of course you are, being that you are living in the future. And then there's [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase "The Chase"]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E2MissionToTheUnknown "Mission to the Unknown"]], Dalek stories which don't have "Daleks" in the title.
*** There's a ShakyPOVCam monster that's obscured from us, it's called a "Metaltron" by the cast, there's a Cyberman mask shown as a RedHerring, but the title is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek "Dalek"]]. Hmm. I wonder what that could be about?
*** One Series 5 episode takes this even further: it's called ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E3VictoryOfTheDaleks "Victory of the Daleks"]]''. [[TheBadGuyWins Wonder who wins that one.]]
** Subversion: The episode "The Death of Dr. Who". Of course, it aired as the fifth part of a [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase six-episode serial]] in 1965, and they're still making the show... and the character is still alive, [[IAmNotShazam not that his name is Dr. Who anyway.]]
** Averted with the serial "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]", which was originally to be named "The Invasion of the Cybermen", but was retitled to avoid spoilers since they do not appear until halfway through the eight-episode serial.
** A similar aversion: Part One of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs "Invasion of the Dinosaurs"]] was simply titled "Invasion", so as to conceal what exactly was invading.
** Partially averted with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E1Robot "Robot"]], which was going to be called "The Giant Robot" in development but this was changed. While the presence of a robot is carefully concealed to us with a ShakyPOVCam shot, and the Episode 1 cliffhanger is TheReveal that the thing in the lab is - a ''robot!!!'', the fact that the robot [[MakeMyMonsterGrow grows giant and terrorises UNIT]] in the Episode 3 cliffhanger is properly concealed by the new title. The Target novelisation by Creator/TerranceDicks uses the original title.
** Often the writers (and occasionally even the directors) created it so the revelation of the returning foe or foes was given great weight, only to have the script editor or producer change the title to showcase said foe. For instance, the serial scripted as "The Deadly Experiments" used the revelation that the Sontarans were behind the experiments as the only cliffhanger. Script editor Robert Holmes was very unhappy to learn at a late stage that it had been retitled [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E3TheSontaranExperiment "The Sontaran Experiment"]] but the cliffhanger left intact. The new series did it again with [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E4TheSontaranStratagem "The Sontaran Stratagem"]], which is shot so that no actual Sontarans are shown for a good while.
** The novelization of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E1TerrorOfTheZygons "Terror of the Zygons"]] gives away a fact about their Skarasen creature. The title of the novelization is ''Doctor Who and the Loch Ness Monster''.
** A really bad case is [[Recap/DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion "The Android Invasion"]], where the title gives away something that in-story is meant to be a mystery all the way up to the cliffhanger of the second episode.
** There's a LockedRoomMystery entitled [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E5TheRobotsOfDeath "The Robots of Death"]]. The robots did it. (Although the actual mystery of the story quickly turns into which of the human characters is reprogramming the robots to kill.)
** Apparently the writers managed to catch onto this with the Cybermen on at least one occasion, as their reintroductory serial in Peter Davison's tenure (after a seven year absence) was purposefully ''not'' titled "X of the Cybermen" or any variation on "Silver" - it was instead called [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]].
** New series example of the above: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]]. Said cybers are only hinted at until the very last scene of the episode, but the title gives their presence away right from the beginning.
** Interesting variation: The title of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]] gives away a big spoiler[[note]]Although the titular planet theft ''does'' happen during the teaser, prior to the opening titles[[/note]], so the producers kept the title a secret until only a few weeks before the episode aired. Of course, that didn't stop ''Magazine/RadioTimes'' from completely spoiling its villain. At least "Daleks" wasn't in the title this time...
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E13TheWeddingOfRiverSong "The Wedding of River Song"]]. According to Creator/StevenMoffat, the wedding takes place ''after'' the episode, but that doesn't make it any less of a spoiler.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E5TheAngelsTakeManhattan "The Angels Take Manhattan"]]. This episode also contains an in-universe example: when [[spoiler:the Doctor reads the chapter titles in the Melody Malone book and realizes from "Amelia's Last Farewell" that Amy is going to have to say goodbye to somebody]].
** The French titles for the new series are quite bad, although for some reason quite a few of them leave out the spoileriffic mentions of Daleks and Cybermen. Yet the [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E13Doomsday series two finale]] was named [[spoiler:"Farewell Rose"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time]], Part One" [[spoiler:"Return of the Master"]], "The End of Time, Part Two" [[spoiler:"Return of the Time Lords"]], etc. There are a lot more examples of other titles that spoil what is supposed to come as a surprise in an episode.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E5TheGirlWhoDied "The Girl Who Died"]]: Especially egregious because, apart from companion Clara, the titular "Girl" is the only major female character in the episode.
* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' has an episode titled "From a View to a Death", in which an escaped prisoner is hunted down by the Germans. It's a foregone conclusion that there's going to be a death; recognising the phrase as a reference to fox-hunting makes it clear whose.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' had several episodes titled "The One Where X Dies", with X usually referring to a person and once a recliner. Granted, the death usually occurred fairly early in the episode.
** Averted in "The One Where Rachel Tells Ross", which is sometimes listed as "The One Where Rachel Tells..." to avoid spoiling things, since the identity of the person she has to tell was the reveal at the end of the previous episode.
* Austrian cop-and-dog show ''Series/InspectorRex'' wrote out the human partner, Moser, in an episode entitled "Moser's Death".
* Every ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has a straightforward episode title like "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom" and "Frank Sets Sweet Dee on Fire" that often contradicts the last line of dialogue before the title. It's done very deliberately and very hilariously.
* In ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' the Title of Episode 11 of Season 5 is "Escape". In Germany the title is [[spoiler:"Geraubte Jahre" meaning "Stolen Years"]].
* ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' had an episode entitled "Feeb", which nobody says until the very end.
* ''{{Series/Merlin 2008}}''' had an episode where Merlin rescues a Druid girl from execution and falls in love with her. At the end of the episode, she is seemingly KilledOffForReal... Except the episode was called [[spoiler: "The Lady of the Lake"]]. Guess who she turns out to be?
* One episode of ''Series/MidsomerMurders'' is called "The Axeman Cometh" and is about a murderer killing members of an aging rock band. [[spoiler: The killer is the band's guitarist, Jack [=McKinley=] AKA Axeman.]]
* The last episode of ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' was about a group of plane crash survivors who wind up on an alien space probe—without either the characters or the audience realizing it—and spend about half the story [[OntologicalMystery trying to figure out where they are]]. The episode's title? "The Probe".
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'', "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E18TheImmunitySyndrome The Immunity Syndrome]]" was translated to French as "Amobea".
* The page quote at the top is of the example that happens in the MadeForTVMovie version of the Franchise/{{Superman}} Broadway musical, ''It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Superman!''
* You can sometimes figure out pretty major plot twists in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' if you look at the title of the episode. For instance, in "Good God, Y'All," [[spoiler:the BigBad is the horseman War]]. Knowing the song that the title comes from pretty much gives that away.
** Another example would be "The Song Remains The Same." In the end, [[spoiler:everything goes back to the way it was. All that the Winchesters have changed in the past goes back to how it was originally]].
** The season 4 finale is an obvious example. It has the brothers trying to prevent Lucifer from escaping his jail. The title is "[[spoiler:Lucifer Rising]]."
** A number of season one episodes were named after what the MonsterOfTheWeek turned out to be. For instance, "Wendigo", "Bloody Mary", and "Hook Man".
* ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'': Every single episode title is just an awkward summary of the episode's plot.

[[folder:Music (Soundtrack Albums)]]
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': The soundtrack lists "Tala's Deathbed", "Tala Returns", "Sails to Te Fiti", "Te Fiti Restored", "Navigating Home" and "The Return to Voyaging"... basically summarizing key plot points and conclusion of the movie.
* The soundtrack to ''Franchise/StarWars Episode I: Film/ThePhantomMenace'' was released before the movie itself came out. Anybody who picked it up got treated to tracks called "Qui-Gon's Noble End" and "The High Council Meeting and Qui-Gon's Funeral." Oops.
* Music/JohnWilliams is notorious for doing that - the worst example may well be ''Film/PresumedInnocent'', where the penultimate track is called [[spoiler: "Barbara's Confession."]] That's right, he gives away '''who the murderer is'''.
* Also for Williams, his soundtrack for ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' contains a whopping four - [[spoiler:Lupin's Transformation]], [[spoiler:The Werewolf Scene]], [[spoiler:Saving Buckbeak]] and [[spoiler:Forward to Time Past]] - that basically spell out what happens during the film's climax. One wonders if the reason [[spoiler:Pettigrew's theme]] wasn't included on the soundtrack was to preserve the only major twist the movie had left.
* ''Film/TronLegacy'''s soundtrack (by Music/DaftPunk) spoils the movie with the song "Flynn Lives". Double Subversion in that case: on the one hand, it's a reference to the "Flynn Lives" AlternateRealityGame, but in the other, [[spoiler:one Flynn "lives," the other is [[NeverFoundTheBody presumed dead]]...]]
* The audio CD for ''Film/TheSixthSense'' spoils the ending with the final song title [[spoiler:"Malcolm Is Dead"]] (though in their defense, [[AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame the surprise ending is already pretty well known]]).
* The soundtrack for ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'' contains the track [[spoiler:"Flay's Death"]].
* The soundtrack for ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'' has basically a 20 sentence summation of the plot. [[spoiler:Closing with "Godzilla's Victory" and "Back Into The Ocean".]]
* The above also applies to ''Film/CutthroatIsland''. Especially the expanded version [[spoiler: particularly "Morgan and Shaw Jump the Cliff/The Big Jump" followed by "Shaw Captured," and the lengthy "The Battle/To Dawg's Ship/Morgan Battles Dawg/Dawg's Demise/The Triumph."]]
* While the ''Film/BrokedownPalace'' soundtrack album is almost all songs, there's a 6:55 suite from Music/DavidNewman's score made up of two tracks - "The Arrest/[[spoiler:Darlene Goes Home]]."
* Two tracks on the ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' soundtrack album have one: [[spoiler:"A Bunny Can Go Savage", which gives away a plot point]], and [[spoiler:"Ewe Fell for It", whose PunnyTitle reveals the identity of the BigBad: Assistant Mayor Dawn Bellwether, a sheep]].
* The soundtrack to ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' also mainly consists of songs, but does include a few pieces of the score by Vince [=DiCola=]... The first of these is titled [[spoiler: "Death Of Optimus Prime"]].
* The soundtrack for ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' contains the dual pieces of [[spoiler:"Farewell to X" and "the Funeral", hinting at Professor Xavier's ComicBookDeath]].

* ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' often uses this for humour during the "Monkey News" segments, where Karl Pilkington has to tell a story about monkeys. Karl will usually obscure the identity of the monkey character in the story, intending it as a TomatoSurprise twist, despite the fact that the presence of monkeys doing outrageous things is the whole premise of the segment. Ricky just loves needling him by asking questions like "and was he a short, hairy bloke with long arms?" long before the intended reveal - or pre-emptively debunking why the person could not possibly be anything other than a human.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* When ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' announced the Innistrad block they also revealed the names of all three sets. The last one was named ''Avacyn Restored''. Before spoiler season even started everyone know that "Avacyn" would be important, would be taken out of the picture for some reason, and would then come back.
** ''New Phyrexia'' was such a spoilerific title that they circulated two possible titles for the set, the other being ''Mirrodin Pure'', for as long as possible prior to the set's release to keep up the drama of the Mirran-Phyrexian War.[[note]]This may have been an AuthorsSavingThrow, as [[WordOfGod Mark Rosewater]] has said the initial concept wanted New Phyrexia to be the title of the ''first'' set in the block, and have it be revealed to be [[EarthAllAlong Mirrodin all along]].[[/note]]

* Arthur Miller's play ''Theatre/DeathOfASalesman'' (although it doesn't spoil HOW he dies). Additionally, the phrase "death of a salesman" is used halfway through the play, and it does not refer to the titular salesman.
* ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost''. Big surprise when all the courting doesn't work out, right?
* Tom Stoppard's play ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead.'' To be fair, anyone familiar with ''Hamlet'' has a good chance of remembering that detail mentioned in passing.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Chapter 6-2 of ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' is titled "[[spoiler:The End of a World]]", so it should come as no surprise that [[TheBadGuyWins The Bad Guys Win]] this round.
* Chapter 1 of ''{{VideoGame/Mother 3}}'' is titled "[[spoiler:Night of the Funeral]]"--guess what shocking news Flint gets halfway through the chapter? Though it's early in the game, it's still a spoiler. And if you take into account that players are likely to [[spoiler:name Hinawa after their own mother]], this can become quite a shock.
* One of the things that happens at the end of ''[[VideoGame/AwesomePossum Awesome Possum Kicks Dr. Machino's Butt]]'' is the said possum [[LiteralAssKicking kicking Dr. Machino's butt]].
* The title of Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' is called "The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood", [[spoiler:which is fulfilled differently: Even though Guybrush manages to get his name cleared of all charges ([[BigDamnHeroes especially with the help of LeChuck, of course]]) and avoid execution, he ''does'' get killed at the end of the chapter, making it a WhamEpisode]].
* The first ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance game has a story where Spider-Man investigates weird occurrences and thefts, in an attempt to determine who could be behind it all. In the story as presented (always from Spider-Man's point-of-view), he does not find the culprit's identity until the start of the final stage. The full title of the game: [[spoiler:''Spider-Man: Mysterio's Menace'']].
* The title of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' makes it clear to the player that there's more than one Kingslayer long before the characters realize this. [[spoiler:Unexpectedly, you only ever meet one of them in person.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': [[spoiler:Chapter 9: The Part Where He Kills You]]
** Which is a completely hilarious and memorable [[spoiler:{{subver|tedTrope}}sion. That is, if you're any good at ''Portal'']].
** The game practically shouts the title at you when you reach it. Aside from the chapter title being prominently shown in the middle of the screen the two main characters say a variation on it and you get an achievement with the same title. Of course, it's hardly a surprise that it was eventually going to happen, given how unsubtly Wheatley talks about it beforehand.
** In the game's menu and achievements, it's only listed as "The Part Where...". It's only when you ''get'' to it that the full title is displayed, [[spoiler:whereupon Wheatley promptly tries to kill you. Emphasis on "tries"]].
* In ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', there's a sidequest early in the game about people who go missing in the hills. It's titled "American Appetites" and is revealed in the 3rd (and last) part to be about [[spoiler:[[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]]]].
** The final mission before the PlayableEpilogue is titled [[AsTheGoodBookSays "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed"]]. Even though they tried to hide it by leaving off the last two words ([[spoiler:Is Death]]), if you're familiar with that quote, then it should come as no surprise that [[spoiler:TheHeroDies]].
* In the US version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', the game starts with Link getting shipwrecked during a nasty storm and then waking up on a strange island. About two-thirds of the way through the game, you make the (very unexpected) realization that [[spoiler:all of Koholint Island (including the various people he's met) is just a dream of the Wind Fish, and the goal of the game is to escape the dream by waking the Wind Fish, even if it means erasing the island from existence]]. Meanwhile, the Japanese version of the game's name is ''The Legend of Zelda: [[spoiler:Dream Island]]''. So much for subtlety.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' normally avoids this, except for Chapter 11: [[spoiler: "Viridi, Goddess of Nature"]]. Judging by the end of Chapter 10, you'd normally think 11 would be about [[spoiler: stopping the humans from wiping each other out fighting over the Wish Seed]], and the start of the chapter makes you think so, until [[spoiler: the titular goddess arrives and nukes everyone]]. Unfortunately, the title kinda ruins the surprise early.
** The game, however, also gives us some very clever subversions via ExactWords. The name of the DiscOneFinalDungeon, for example, is "[[spoiler:Medusa]]'s Final Battle", which is completely true; it ''is'' [[spoiler:Medusa]]'s final battle, but it's not Pit's by a long shot.
* ''VideoGame/TheHalloweenHack'' has the alternative title of "Press the B Button." Pressing the B Button at a critical decision will allow the Player to access the rest of the game.
* Subverted by ''VideoGame/ElShaddaiAscensionOfTheMetatron'': you never do see Enoch ascend and become Metatron.
* ''VideoGame/SilentHill2'':
** The title of the main scenario, "A Letter from Silent Heaven", reveals to the canny one of the game's big twists. [[spoiler:Mary is in fact dead and that she was envisioning heaven for herself and James as Silent Hill as it was when he and she went there, and in particular their hotel room when she wrote her farewell letter.]]
** The title of the sub-scenario "Born from a Wish" is an even bigger spoiler, as it reveals [[spoiler: Maria's [[{{Tulpa}} true nature]]]]. However, this title is probably vague enough that a typical player wouldn't understand it fully without context.
* The ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' visual novel and anime are divided into episodes; many of the episode titles would spoil the episode they refer to, but CloseOnTitle avoids this.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' does this rather brilliantly in that you can completely miss the spoiler entirely if you only put the game in sleep mode to recover SP for something. During chapters six [[spoiler: while awakening the crystals again awaken three of them]] then go back to the title screen. Certain letters in the current subtitle for that file will turn red and vanish turning the subtitle from [[spoiler: "Where the Fairy Flies"]] into [[spoiler: "Airy Lies"]].
* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' has Sidestories: "the Last Pagan" which introduces Ricky Pagan, who charges the player to find the lost members of his Rockabilly gang or failing that return their leather jackets. Only two members of the Pagans have survived [[spoiler: one is killed by an onryo when you find him, the other renounces the gang to join the samurai of the Jingu Clan]], leaving you to return all of the jackets and making Ricky the last Pagan.
* The twist in ''VideoGame/InazumaEleven Go Galaxy'' when Storm Wolf's players turn out to be aliens, and a spaceship appears over the stadium, then the plot swerve in the next episode where the storyline turns from an international soccer tournament to an intergalactic space adventure, is kinda spoiled by the title of the game. Although granted, the promotional material didn't exactly try and hide this either.
* The credits song in ''[[VideoGame/DrawnToLife Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter]]'' is [[Main/ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Real Life."]] Guess what Main/TheReveal [[Main/AllJustADream is]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' had a case of Spoiler Subtitle with its Japanese subtitle (which translates into "And Thus Into the Legend..."). After the [[StealthSequel Stealth Prequel]] reveal, it's pretty obvious ''[[FamousAncestor whose]]'' legend it's referring to. (The Western mobile release gave it the subtitle "The Seeds of Salvation", which is far less spoiler-y.)
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' has the subtitle "Hand of the Heavenly Bride". Guess who's descended from the Zenithians [[spoiler:and becomes the mother of the Legendary Hero]]?
* The title of ''VideoGame/CrashBandicoot2CortexStrikesBack'' should tip you off that Cortex's HeelFaceTurn isn't sincere, even before the game blatantly and repeatedly foreshadows his true intentions.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', which features two support characters named Adams and Lugo. [[spoiler:Chapter 13 is entitled "Adams", in which Lugo dies.]]
* The DLC campaign for ''VideoGame/DMCDevilMayCry'', which takes place after the main game, is called [[spoiler: ''Virgil's Downfall'']] thereby spoiling [[spoiler: his FaceHeelTurn and his being trapped in Hell at the end of the main game]], which wouldn't be that bad except ''the DLC was announced before the game was released!''
* ''VideoGame/TheTalosPrinciple'': Some of the puzzle titles tell you how to solve them. Similarly, if you know your Bible, ''Road To Gehenna'' pretty much gives away the plot of the DLC. [[spoiler: Gehenna is a Hebrew version of hell, so the title refers to the proverb "The road to hell is paved with good intentions."]]
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/Persona3'', where an episode of the ShowWithinAShow "Phoenix Ranger Featherman R" is titled "Death of a Condor! Get Your Tissues Ready, Kids!"

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Similar to the ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' example above, we have ''WebAnimation/MegaManDiesAtTheEnd''. Guess what happens at the end of the series? [[spoiler: [[WebAnimation/SonicForHire Sonic]] kills him]]. Mega Man kind of dies at the end of Season 1, but turns out that was just a trick made by the creators.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheBMovieComic'' subverts it in the second movie, "Attack of the [ Description withheld in order not to spoil the surprise ]".
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': ''Every'' movie title on Alternia is this plus LongTitle (their society has been around for so long that they've ''run out'' of shorter titles):
EB: wait...\\
EB: this is the title?\\
* One of the ''WebComic/{{Jix}}'' story arcs is called "Kelelder's Revenge," however, no one in the comic (and presumably the audience if they didn't look at the title) knows that Kelelder is behind what is going on.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[PlayedWith plays with]] this: [[KnightTemplarParent Vaarsuvius]] is battling the [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Ancient Black Dragon]], and the last strip of the battle is called "A Dragon's Victory." This is accurate... [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0638.html sort of]].
* The title of ''Webcomic/TheQuickAndDirtyLifeOfFritzFargo'' suggests that Fritz will die young at some point in the comic.
* The full title of ''Webcomic/{{Concerned}}'' is ''Concerned: The Half-Life and Death of Gordon Frohman''. Most people will have forgotten this by the time they reach the end of the comic, but as the notes point out, [[spoiler:you really shouldn't be surprised when Gordon Frohman does indeed die]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/{{Lonelygirl 15}}'' did this all the time. "Bree's Dad Is Dead" was a bit of a giveaway, for instance.
* Parodied on a WB fansite, in an article supposedly discussing Creator/TheWB's Hot New Lineup. An episode summary for the new ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' show was roughly: "Pikachu must decide whether to save his partner, Tash. What will he decide?! We find out in the next episodes, 'Tash's Funeral' and 'Pikachu Gets a New Partner'!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the Italian version of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[WhamEpisode "Crossroads of Destiny"]] is called [[spoiler:"Fall of the Earth Kingdom"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' had several episodes that tried to keep the main villain's identity a secret until the first commercial break (or later), but this was more often than not kneecapped by the titles. Gee, who's responsible for all the lunacy in "Make 'em Laugh"?
* In-Universe in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DaveTheBarbarian''. When Dave finally finds a replacement narrator when the regular guy gets laryngitis, he forgets to give him a script to read, leading The Dark Lord Chuckles the Silly Piggy to proclaim that they might *not* be the victors this time around. His hopes are immediately dashed when the narrator announces the title of the story; "Dave Beats Chuckles Like a Cheap Suit".
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' seems to play this straight with "Stewie Kills Lois", but subverts it at the very end of the episode when it turns out that [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat Lois miraculously survived]]. The next episode, "Lois Kills Stewie", [[spoiler: is a bigger subversion, as Lois can't bring herself to kill Stewie, so Peter does it instead, but then the whole thing turns out to be Stewie running a virtual-reality simulation to decide whether killing Lois is a good idea]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''
** In the episode "Reincarnation", the Anime short "Action Delivery Force" is presented as an ongoing show, with an episode entitled "Medical Dance Crab With Lesson". Try to figure out how the episode is resolved.
** Guess what [[TheReveal Reveal]] occurs in "Leela's Homeworld". Yep, Leela finally learns which planet she's really from. [[spoiler:It turns out her parents are Earth natives. Leela's a mutant, not an alien.]]
** Also, if you haven't seen "Leela's Homeworld", the episode title [[spoiler:"Teenage Mutant Leela's Hurdles"]] tells you exactly how it ends. Also, the title for that episode was released before "Leela's Homeworld" aired.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has two episode titles that aren't spoilers for the episode in question and [[TitlePlease aren't in the episodes themselves]], but are for the ''major'' plot twists that happened in the last minutes of the previous episode. In this case, the show's irregular scheduling (along with very tight control of new episode names) works to its advantage, but anyone watching them digitally is at a huge risk of accidentally spoiling themselves.
** "Not What He Seems" centers on Dipper and Mabel becoming very suspicious of who Grunkle Stan really is and what he's trying to do, ultimately meeting [[spoiler:Stan's twin brother]]. The next episode title, "[[spoiler:A Tale of Two Stans]]", pretty plainly tells you [[TwinSwitch what was implied]] by the final scene of "Not What He Seems".
** "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future" [[CliffHanger ends]] with [[spoiler:[[DreamWeaver Bill Cipher]] tearing down the barrier between the physical realm and the dream realm]]. Because of this, the next episode was initially listed under the seemingly-gibberish title "Xpcveaoqfoxso" [[CrazyPrepared just in case episode guides revealed its name early]]. It's actually encoded, and only with a key found in "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future" can one uncover its real title: "[[spoiler:Weirdmageddon]], Part 1".
* The last episode of ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' is titled "The Death of Harvey Birdman".
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Averted in several episodes that had spoileriffic {{Working Title}}s, which were changed before the episode was announced.
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess "Secret of my Excess"]] was originally called [[spoiler: [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever "Attack of the Fifty Foot Dragon"]]]], spoiling [[spoiler:Spike's rapid growth spurt]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E7MayTheBestPetWin "May the Best Pet Win"]] was going to be [[spoiler:"The Tortoise and the Mare"]], spoiling [[spoiler:which animal ends up as Rainbow Dash's pet]].
*** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS3E11KeepCalmAndFlutterOn "Keep Calm and Flutter On"]] was initially [[spoiler:"Fluttershy's Home for Reformed Draconequi"]], revealing [[spoiler:Fluttershy reforming Discord]].
** The season 2 opening 2-parter, "The Return of Harmony," is a straight example, since the title indicates that [[VileVillainSaccharineShow Discord]] is going to lose in the end. Given the format, it's not exactly a ''twist''.
** The episode in which Apple Bloom gets her cutie mark (and then a bunch more) would have been much more interesting if it had not been called "Cutie Pox". The title not only gives away that her cutie marks are caused by a disease, but also kills any shock from her gaining the first cutie mark (which would otherwise have been a major development).
** [[spoiler:Season 8 has the BookEnds premiere "School Daze" and finale "School Raze". No points for guessing that Twilight's School of Friendship is built and destroyed in these episodes.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has an episode called "Candace Gets Busted" where at the end… well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you can guess what happens]].
* Invoked in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bart Gets Hit by a Car." It begins with credits showing the episode's name (which the show almost never does outside of specials) [[RuleOfFunny a second before Bart gets hit by said car]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the episode "Kenny Dies"... although [[TheyKilledKennyAgain Kenny dies]] ''[[RunningGag every]]'' [[OncePerEpisode episode]]. Nevertheless, this episode is somewhat unusual because instead of a sudden, violent death, Kenny is dying slowly from a currently-incurable disease, and Stan is fighting to get the ban lifted on embryonic stem cell research in the hope that Kenny can be cured before it's too late. [[spoiler: Despite Stan's efforts, Kenny dies. And instead of being back the next episode, he stays dead for ''over a year.'']]
* Happened with the French translation of ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. Who is manipulating the events to create a gang war between Tombstone, Silvermane and Dr. Octopus? Find out in [[spoiler:"The Return of the Green Goblin"]]!
* The ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' episode "Tashy 497" which is [[spoiler:the name the trio chooses for their deceased pet, a combination of the names Tarax, Mushy and #497, which each of them wanted to name it]].
* The episode "Betrayal" of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Wait, betrayal? But who would betray the Titans? Could it possibly be the [[SixthRangerTraitor new team member]] who has only made two speaking appearances in the show before this episode, and only had a cameo appearance after becoming a member?
* ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' has the episode "Evil Boyfriend". We don't find out that Sam's new love is evil until the very end, yet the title has already told us that.
* A repeat broadcast of the G1 ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' episode "Dark Awakening" ends with Optimus Prime dying... followed by the narrator saying, "But is this really the end of Optimus Prime? Find out in tomorrow's exciting episode, 'The Return of Optimus Prime'!"
* The Nelvana animated ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears'' series has "Papa's Pizza" in which Brother and Sister [[spoiler:are throwing a party, but can't figure out what to serve for food because all of their friends have different likes and dislikes]]. Three guesses how the problem is solved, and the first two don't count.